THE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM
Beloved in the Lord, and all of you who are reading this teaching, peace be with you! I bless the Lord God, the Father of our Master and Lord Jesus Christ, who in His faithfulness grants me the grace to complete this teaching on Baptisms, by studying this time the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.
To make this teaching as complete as possible, I will list all the questions that brethren often ask themselves, and the teaching will consist in answering each of these questions. Although the teaching of the Bible on baptisms is not difficult to understand, the bad teachings have so much created confusion in the minds of brethren that they find themselves each time asking questions that should no longer be asked.
Frequently asked questions:
Is there a baptism of the Holy Spirit apart and a baptism of fire apart? Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit? Who can be baptized with the Holy Spirit? When can one be baptized with the Holy Spirit? Where can one be baptized with the Holy Spirit? Does every child of God have to be baptized with the Holy Spirit? How to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Is speaking in tongues a sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Can one be baptized with the Holy Spirit without speaking in tongues? Can speaking in tongues of a child of God cease? Is there a difference between having the Holy Spirit and being baptized in the Holy Spirit? Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit a proof of salvation?
The baptism of the Holy Spirit and "the baptism" of fire
Let's read together the following passages: Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33, and Acts 1:5.
Matthew 3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
Mark 1:8 "I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
Luke 3:16 "John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire."
John 1:33 "I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, 'The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.'"
Acts 1:5 "For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
When we examine the verses above, we clearly understand that there is no difference between the term "Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire" used in Matthew 3:11 and Luke 3:16, and the term "Baptism of the Holy Spirit " used in Mark 1:8, John 1:33 and Acts 1:5.
I would now like to draw your attention to what creates confusion. If you look closely at the passages quoted, you will be astonished to find that there is no mention anywhere of a baptism of fire. The Bible speaks of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. But nowhere do you find the expression "baptism of fire".
In conclusion, to speak of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire, or simply of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, is to say the same thing. There is therefore no difference between the two.
There are some false teachers who try to explain the baptism of fire, to the point of explaining when this baptism is received and how to know that one has received it.
There are also some doctrines of demons that explain that the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire are two baptisms, one (the baptism of the Holy Spirit) being for the children of God, and the other (the baptism of fire) being the fire of Hell for those who disobey God. This enables you to see how far some have gone astray today, creating doctrines inspired by satan, doctrines that have nothing to do with the doctrine of Jesus Christ.
Who can be baptized with the Holy Spirit?
Luke 11:13 teaches us that every person with a well-disposed heart before God can be baptized with the Holy Spirit. "If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Who baptizes with the Holy Spirit and where?
The Bible teaches us that it is the Lord Jesus Christ Alone who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. He does it as He wills, but everything depends on the readiness of the heart of each person. Therefore, one can be baptized with the Holy Spirit anywhere: In an assembly, in the waters of baptism, in one’s room while praying, etc.
When can one be baptized with the Holy Spirit?
When we meditate on the passages of Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8 and Acts 1:5, already quoted, we deduce that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is after the baptism of water. But in Acts 10:44-47 we see a group of brethren who had the privilege of being baptized with the Holy Spirit before the baptism of water.
Acts 10:44-47 "While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, "Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." This makes us understand that the Lord who knows the hearts, can even baptize some of His children with the Holy Spirit before the baptism of water.
But I would like to warn you against false practices that are found in pernicious sects today. In many of these satanic churches mistakenly called Pentecostal churches, they distribute what they call baptism in the "holy spirit". They initiate the faithful to witchcraft by teaching them to speak satan's tongues. And when these people are initiated and start speaking these satanic tongues, they are told that they are baptized with the "holy spirit". That is why we meet thousands of hardened people today who speak in tongues, and who believe they are baptized with the Holy Spirit, while none of them has ever been baptized in water.
Note that, beloved, what God did in the case of Cornelius and the brethren in Acts 10:44-47, He can still do it today. We cannot be surprised to see some children of God who have the privilege of being baptized with the Holy Spirit before the baptism of water. But these cases are not very frequent. And for those who receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit without being baptized in water yet, when it is the true baptism of the Holy Spirit that they have received, the Spirit of God in them urges them to quickly seek the water baptism.
If you therefore meet people who claim to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and who speak in tongues, and who, after all this time, have never been baptized in water, and believe they are saved, tell them that satan is using them, not God. Tell them it's demons speaking through them, not the Holy Spirit. And if you meet people who speak in tongues, but refuse the baptism of water, just know that they are demons.
Does every true child of God have to be baptized with the Holy Spirit?
To answer this question, we will examine, in addition to the passages already quoted, that is, Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33, Luke 11:13, and Acts 1:5, other passages such as Mark 16:17, Acts 2:38, and Acts 15:8.
Mark 16:17 "And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues."
Acts 2:38 "Peter replied, Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
These passages show us that God's promise for the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for all His children, and not for just a few. In Mark 16:17, the promise to speak new tongues is made to all those who will believe in Jesus, not to a few. Acts 15:8 tells us that "God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them." If God grants the baptism of the Holy Spirit to all who ask Him, including those who do not belong to Him, it is not to His true children that He will not grant it.
Therefore, remember that every true child of God must be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and speak in tongues.
How to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
The passages from Acts 2:1-4 below, and of Acts 10:44 already quoted, show us that we can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit without human intervention.
Acts 2:1-4 "When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them."
Acts 8:14-17 and 19:6 show us that one can receive this same baptism by the laying on of hands.
Acts 8:14-17 "When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit."
Acts 19:6 "When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied." Everything depends mainly on the readiness of the heart of each one.
The speaking in tongues
Can one be baptized with the Holy Spirit without speaking in tongues? The answer is No. We have seen by examining Mark 16:17, that the promise to speak in new tongues is for all who believe in Jesus Christ, without exception.
Acts 2:4 shows us that all were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other tongues. Acts 10:44-46 confirms this teaching. It was because of the speaking in tongues that the the faithful of the circumcision knew that the Gentiles were baptized with the Holy Spirit. Acts 19:6 also confirms it. Acts 8:16-17 confirms the same teaching. How did the brethren know that the Samaritans were not baptized with the Holy Spirit? Because they did not see this sign that proves that one is baptized with the Holy Spirit, that is, speaking in tongues. When Peter and John laid hands on them, they received the Holy Spirit. How did they know the Samaritans were finally baptized with the Holy Spirit? Because they saw the sign. Speaking in tongues is therefore the visible sign that one is baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Can speaking in tongues of a child of God cease?
No. The Bible teaches us that God does not repent of His gifts. If it is God who has given you the gift of speaking in tongues, He will not take it away.
Let's come back to some too frequent witchcraft practices in certain Pentecostal and Charismatic satanic movements. They distribute at will what they call "holy spirit" baptism, and they teach people to speak in tongues. Some ask people to open their mouths and repeat hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah several times, without stopping, and this ends up becoming their speaking in tongues. Others tell people to open their mouths and say A A A B B B C C C etc. and to speed up the pace, or to say ABC, several times, after, CBA several times as well, by speeding up the pace, and all of this ends up becoming their "speaking in tongues".
Know that this practice is an initiation into witchcraft. These practices are inspired by satan. All of you children of God, you should now examine how you received your speaking in tongues. If you have been the victim of any of these abominable practices, know that you have been initiated into witchcraft. It is not the Holy Spirit that you have received, but evil spirits. The tongue you speak is not of God. You must repent and ask the Lord to deliver you from those unclean spirits that use you. Then pray and ask the Lord to baptize you with His Holy Spirit, and to give you the tongue that comes from Him.
There are also false teachers who teach that speaking in tongues is not for all believers. They twist 1Corinthians 12:30 to support their error. Know that in 1Corinthians 12:10 and 12:28, God speaks to us about the gift of the diversity of tongues, which has nothing to do with the promise of speaking in tongues that the Lord has made to all who believe in Him, in Mark 16:17.
Having the Holy Spirit and being baptized with the Holy Spirit
It’s worth recalling that there is a difference between having the Holy Spirit and being baptized with the Holy Spirit. Whenever a person invites Jesus Christ into his life with an honest heart, the Lord comes immediately by His Holy Spirit to dwell in him. From then on this person has the Holy Spirit, but is not yet baptized in the Holy Spirit.
The case of Apollos in Acts 18:24-25 confirms this: "Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervour and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John."
We see that he accurately taught the Word of God, although he knew only the baptism of John, that is, he was baptized only in water. Therefore, he was not baptized in the Holy Spirit yet. If he could accurately teach the Word of God, this shows us that it was the Holy Spirit in him who was doing this work. He already had the Holy Spirit, but he was not yet baptized with the Holy Spirit.
Some ignorant people say that it was the day of Pentecost that the disciples received the Holy Spirit. Do not make this mistake. The disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4), but they already had the Holy Spirit. They had the Holy Spirit when the Lord breathed on them. This is what we see in John 20:19-23. "... And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. ..."
Why the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
We have just seen with the case of Apollos in Acts 18:24-25, that even without being baptized with the Holy Spirit, a true child of God can understand exactly the word of God, and can even teach it; however, he remains limited. If the baptism of the Holy Spirit were not necessary for our spiritual life, God would not have promised us that. He knows that without this baptism we will not have the power of the Holy Spirit that will help us to face the various battles we will encounter on the way, and also to resist the devil. This is why the Lord had instructed His disciples in Acts 1:4-5 not to depart from Jerusalem, but rather to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit. It is also for this reason that Aquila and Priscilla in Acts 18:26, took Apollos with them and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
The disciples followed the Lord's recommendations. They first waited to receive the power of the Holy Spirit before beginning the ministry. After the day of Pentecost, the effect of the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples became very visible. They were filled with power, zeal, anointing, wisdom, intelligence, and courage for the service of the Lord. The apostles who were constantly trembling had become completely changed men, clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Know therefore, beloved, that you cannot serve God without being clothed with the power of the Holy Spirit. Do not fall into the trap of demons who tell you that you do not need the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
If you meet so-called pastors or servants of God who deny and fight the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you will recognize that they are agents of satan. And there are many in the Church today. Of this number are those who say that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was only for the first disciples.
Is the baptism of the Holy Spirit a proof of salvation?
Remember beloved, that like all other gifts, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a proof of salvation. In other words, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not a sign that one is saved. God in His great love gives gifts to men because He loves men, not because men love Him. Therefore, under no circumstances must you allow yourself to be deceived by gifts. Know that you can have many gifts, and go to Hell.
If God gave gifts to men because they love Him, the possession of a gift would mean that he who possesses it is saved. But God gives gifts to men rather because He loves men. And each one makes of gifts received from God what he wants. Some use the gifts they have received from God to praise God, and others use theirs to make fun of God. This justifies the arrogance of men today. They use the intelligence that God has given them to compare themselves to God. They are manufacturing human beings and plants in laboratories; they are trying to make other planets habitable; they are manufacturing sophisticated weapons with which they can fight God when the time comes; etc.
There are then only those who fear God, who live for God and according to the word of God, and who use the gifts that God has given them for the glory of Jesus Christ the only Saviour, who will be saved. Let it be clear to all, that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not proof that one is saved.
Grace be with you all who have Jesus Christ as Master!
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